Patria -- I've joined the crowd
Five of us went to Patria and I must echo the
sentiments of Gary, Stephen, and the other Patria
partisans: cool place!
We shared the ceviche sampler and the empanada sampler
and for entrees had a salmon special (beautifully
grilled fish with a complex sauce), the Guatemalan
chicken (I've had better mole, but tasty), lamb three
ways (excellent) and a parihuela (with high quality
seafood, including lobster). The parihuela still
doesn't match that at Fina Estampa in San Francisco
(the latter is a messier, gumbo-like concoction with
humbler crustaceans) but clean and bracing.
Desserts? The chocolate cigar, the banana w/caramel
and dulce de leche, and some ice creams.
Prices are steep ($100 apiece without too much alcohol
consumpton), and there are annoying supplements on
more than half the items). The space is nice, the
service couldn't be more helpful or friendly
(although, mysteriously, ordered coffee was never
delivered), and best of all, there's a chef who wants
to bring lusty food and a playful presence to upscale
dining in nYC.